Superstar bike. Not only for day trips, but also for holidays. Thanks to its characteristics, which combine respect for the environment, physical exercise and a natural “distance”, cycle tourism is experiencing a golden moment. And the dedicated itineraries are multiplying that allow, if desired, to cover an entire tour of Italy on a bike.
There are 20 national cycle paths, in turn connected to European itineraries, and 90 regional and local cycle paths, registered and collected in the Bicitalia network by Fiab, the Italian environment federation.
The most popular of the great routes, according to a Fiab study, is the Ciclovia del sole which from San Candido, in the province of Bolzano, reaches Palermo, crossing the whole country, from north to south. it follows the course of the river from Turin to Venice, and the Adriatic Cycle Route that starts from Trieste to get to Santa Maria di Leuca. On the rise the Aida (Upper Italy to cross), a 900 km route that runs from Susa in Piedmont to Trieste, touching all the Italian cities located on the West-East axis and the Francigena which, in the footsteps of the ancient pilgrim route, it goes from Como to Brindisi.
Among the shorter routes, to be done in the day or in the time of a weekend, the most sought after on the Bicitalia.org site is the Spoleto-Assisi, followed by the Destra Po, a 125 km cycle path in the Este lands much loved even by foreigners. . In third place is the Val Brembana cycle path, in the province of Bergamo, built on the path of a former disused railway.
The Naviglio Pavese cycle path is also very popular, a classic Sunday trip of 33 km from Milan to Pavia.
The Bicitalia.org site offers to those who connect the possibility to download free GPS tracks of all cycle routes, almost 20 thousand km of mapped and tested routes.
For some time, those who decide to tour Italy by bike can also count on a network of hotels designed for the specific needs of cyclists and constantly expanding, even at a European level. They are called albergabici and are generally b & bs, widespread hotels and farmhouses that provide secure parking, bike rental and repair kits. Generally they offer at least an abundant breakfast with local products and a series of information on everything there is to visit and taste in the surrounding area.
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